Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Charles visit raises awareness of trust's work

I AM writing regarding the recent visit of the Prince of Wales. As part of the visit, Prince Charles visited the new Prince's Trust Centre in Sandy Row.

The Royal visit served to increase awareness of the excellent work that the trust is engaged in, here in Belfast and beyond the confines of the city.

Since it was established, the Prince's Trust has helped more than 700,000 young people throughout the UK.

More than three in four young people the trust helped last year moved into work, education, or training.

The trust is aiming to support 1,000 more unemployed young people in Northern Ireland, thanks to the new centre.

The young people in the centre on the day of the Prince's visit showed off the skills they are developing as part of the cookery course they are undertaking.

The centre will act as a hub for many of the programmes that the trust offers.

As deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, I am proud of this new facility: as a Sandy Row representative, I am especially proud it is located there.

As a country, we are fortunate to have as our next head of state a man who so clearly cares about the future of our children and young people.

I would urge anyone who knows a young person who they think the trust may be able to help to visit their website – http://princes-trust.org.uk

CHRISTOPHER STALFORD

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast

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